Create in me a clean heart, open and receptive,
so that I may embrace the many ways you choose to visit my life.
Create in me a clean heart, cleared of the refuse
of old battles with others and deadly opposition with self.
Create in me a clean heart, purified through the daily disruptions
and the life encounters that take me beyond my grasping control
Create in me a clean heart, freed from the clutter
of cultural enticements, so that I can enjoy the beauty
of life's simple things and relish
the girts I easily take for granted.
Create in me a clean heart, bathed from harsh thoughts,
shame, and perfectionist tendencies,
warmly welcoming others with the embrace of non-judgment.
Create in me a clean heart, rinsed of the residue of false messages
about my identity, enabling my inner goodness and light
to shine through all I am and do.
Create in me a clean heart, cleansed of anxiety
and lack of trust, restoring in me an enduring faith
in your abiding presence and unconditional love.
Create in me a clean heart, washed with your mercy and strengthened
by your love, helping me move beyond
whatever keeps me from union with you.
Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Dust off the unmindful activity that constantly collects there.
De-clutter my heart from harsh judgments and negativity.
Wash away my resistance to working through difficult relationships.
Rinse off my un-loving
so the beauty of my generous and kind heart
can shine forth.
Remove whatever keeps me
from following in your compassionate footsteps. Amen.